Montgomery County CTG Survey
In order to improve the health and wellness of Americans, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) awards funds in the form of Community Transformation Grants (CTG). These funds help support communities in the creation and implementation of community-wide programs that tackle critical health problems such as diabetes, cancer and heart disease. As one of the capacity building CTG awardees, Public Health Dayton & Montgomery County partnered with CUPA in order to study the knowledge, attitudes and practices of Montgomery County residents as it relates to the grant’s three focus areas: Healthy eating and active living, tobacco free living and clinical preventive services. CUPA completed a telephone survey of 400 Montgomery County residents. The survey results will help provide strategic direction for health initiatives and serve as a baseline to measure the impact of the CTG efforts.
Community Health Improvement Planning
Community health improvement planning is a required element for accrediting public health agencies. In the last two years, CUPA has facilitated health improvement plans for seven different health agencies in Southwest Ohio. A community health improvement plan is a long-term, systematic effort to address public health problems on the basis of the results of community health assessment activities and the community health improvement process (PHAB Glossary of Terms). This plan is used by the public health agency, in collaboration with community partners, to set priorities and coordinate and target resources.
Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Studies
In 2011, on behalf of the Ohio Department of Job & Family Services and the Ohio Board of Regents, CUPA conducted a survey of private employers, representing selected sectors within the potential green industry, to identify and develop a knowledge base of “green jobs” in Ohio. The survey analyzed characteristics of “green” Ohio Industry sectors as well as training needs and support, barriers to producing green-related products or services, certifications available for green jobs, and skills needed for selected job vacancies among Ohio’s Green workforce.
Evaluation of Ohio’s H-1B Technical Skills Training Grant
In 2011, The U.S. Department of Labor awarded funds to Ohio’s Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) under the H-1B Technical Skills Training Grant. ODJFS and the Ohio Board of Regents (OBOR) partnered with 3 colleges around the state to provide technical skills and on-the-job training (OJT) to unemployed, under-employed and dislocated workers. These 3 colleges collaborated with employers to place the newly trained participants in OJTs in the fast-growing fields of information technology and advanced manufacturing. CUPA partnered with ODJFS and OBOR to operate as the project’s summative and formative evaluator as well as the data entry and analysis hub. CUPA staff will evaluate the program’s progress and overall effectiveness.
Workforce Development Analyses for the Ohio Board of Regents
On behalf of the Ohio Board of Regents, CUPA conducted a variety of workforce development research projects pertaining to the supply and demand for talent in each of Ohio’s regions. In addition to this baseline research, CUPA conducted a survey of Ohio’s aerospace industry. The survey explored the workforce challenges faced by employers in Ohio, identifying occupational shortage areas within talent categories. The survey also captured the employer strategies to address those workforce shortages.